A very unique gun shop
An institution in St. Johns County
Located in rural St. Johns County on the Smith family farm near Hastings, Florida, is a most unique gun shop. Wayne Smith, pictured on left, has been holding classes on Saturdays, 9 to 12 and 2 to 5 at 9700 Hastings Blvd., Hastings, Florida for many years. Instruction, advice, sales and service relating to firearms are the order of business. But over the years, it has become the scene of a wide variety of patrons from all walks of life, who often just hang out, to discuss events past and present. The Constitution is a frequent subject. Note the liberty sign, in the picture above. Below the sign are several 50 caliber rifles. The folks that hang out in this shop understand that the bottom line for the preservation of liberty is the Second Amendment. A 1000 yard firing range is available to the shop’s customers. Political conversation, particularly of the current circumstances, is always on the agenda. Historical connections spice up the conversation. Interesting insights regarding the “War between the States” are discussed. Interested in aircraft, flying, World War II? They’re all fair game for discussion. From this reporter’s observation it is conceivable that a progressive might feel uncomfortable in this environment. This shop is a bastion of conservative thought. Political correctness does not prevail here.
There are three generations of Smith’s residing on their farm. The extended family, in an agricultural environment, was once the norm in America. In those days, the values of parents were passed on to their posterity with homeschooling or local schools which were responsive to the parents. When America was an agricultural-based society, values were instilled that made our country the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Those values appear to be alive and well in rural St. Johns County. “Perhaps it’s time to send someone to the Board of County Commissioners who doesn’t need the job and possesses the work ethic of rural America,” a frequent patron said. Wayne Smith’s son, Jeb Smith, is running for County Commissioner, District 2. He opposes incumbent, Ron Sanchez.